This week’s links: 7/7/19

Lee Kuan Yew interview: strategic thoughts on the future of global geopolitics (U.S. vs China, India’s power rankings, conditions for growth and collaboration between superpowers).

Decision Points by George W. Bush: what if every global leader self-documented their most critical decisions, outlining how their decisions were made and reflecting upon the outcomes?

Premature optimization: it can be tough to choose where to focus your software development efforts, and the stakes can be tremendous. A useful framework: start with the part that is most expensive to change later on.

Preferential attachment theory of complex networks: the idea that the existing distribution of resources (attention, money, talent, etc.) often guides future resource distribution. Implications: to those that have, more will be given; the rich get richer; top talent will cluster with other top talent, etc.

When They See Us (Netflix): the epitome of the power of storytelling. A miniseries based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case in which a woman was attacked, raped and left for dead. The brutalities were wrongfully pinned upon five teenagers who received harsh sentences after being coerced into admissions of guilt despite no physical evidence. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix): I’ve never been interested in F1, Motorsport or competitive racing, until now.

Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder’s Meetings since 1994, in podcast format

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